A few weeks ago I rounded up some friends — at the last minute — to take part in the pub quiz at The Argonaut, an H Street bar that’s annoying to get to and yet always packed. My sorry teammates will probably never forgive me for sharing this, but of the 12 teams that took part in a seven-round pub quiz, our team — Quantitative Pleasing — placed last. We blame the small size of our team (four players compared to the 10 plus that other teams boasted), and two ridiculous categories: “Name that Cat Breed” and “Comic Books.”
The ignominious “prize” for coming in last place is the losers get to choose a category for the next week’s contest. We chose “Movies About Newspapers” and quizmaster Michael was nice enough to send me the questions, even though our team was unable to make it to see these questions presented live. See if you can answer them. In true pub trivia fashion, no cheating with your mobile devices!
1. What actors play Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein in the 1976 hit about the Watergate break in “All the President’s Men”?
2. Angelina Jolie plays the widow of what Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and slain in Pakistan by al-Qaeda terrorists in 2007’s “A Mighty Heart”?
3. “Bill Cunningham New York,” “Page One” and “Wordplay” are all recent documentaries that revolve around people associated with what newspaper?
4. Orson Welles’ first feature film in 1941 revolves around a newspaper publisher thought to be based on William Randolph Hearst. What is the name of this movie?
5. Huntley Haverstock is the pen name of the journalist in what 1940 movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock?
6. What 1999 film starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, and William H. Macy begins with the account of a 1911 New York Herald news story about the hanging of Joseph Green, Stanley Berry and Daniel Hill for the murder of a resident of Greenberry Hill, London?
7. This fall, a movie version of Hunter S. Thompson’s The Rum Diary, which chronicles the adventures of reporter Paul Kemp in Puerto Rico, will be coming to a theater near you. Who will be playing the role of Paul Kemp?
8. Actress Nora Dunn plays journalist Adriana Cruz in what 1999 film that also stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube?
9. In between fighting crime as famous super heroes, Kent Clark and Peter Parker both work for newspapers. For half a point each, what is the name of the publication at which Clark works as a mild-mannered reporter and at which Parker works as a photographer?
10. In Thank You For Smoking, Aaron Eckhart plays a lobbyist who argues information he shared with a reporter should have been off the record, with the famous quote, “I presumed anything said while I was inside you was privileged.” What is the name of the actress who played the reporter who wrote this expose about him?
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